Friday, May 9, 2014

Where can I find news about General Synod / Te Hinota Whanui 2014?

Our reps are gathering in Waitangi for General Synod / Te Hinota Whanui 2014 though the actual beginning is not until Sunday (each Tikanga has opportunity to meet separately beforehand, between now and then).

To follow events, news, views and what have you, the following links may help:

The official church account of each day in traditional reporting form: Taonga.

The official church Facebook page: here.

The official church Twitter hashtag: #Synod 2014.

But what about the real oil, the unexpurgated mood and inside views of the 'feel' of the Synod?

I suggest first, go to the Facebook link because the control of the church will not be exercised over individuals posting comments there.

Then, this is the Twitter hashtag to follow: #GSTHW14.

(Unfortunately the official church hashtag above takes you to a stream which includes a number of other synods around the world. Confusing!)

I am 150% commending Bishop Kelvin Wright's blog, Available Light, on which he has already begun posting from Waitangi.

More derivative ('cause not actually there) will be Liturgy on which Bosco has already published a useful page with specific Twitter accounts you may like to 'follow': here.

Also derivative will be anything I publish, because I am not actually there. And I may not publish much for a while as my daily schedule Monday to Wednesday next week involves some long days with little opportunity to blog.


liturgy said...

Thanks, Peter, for this information.

I have updated my General Synod 2014 post with some of this information, and put in links to here and to a couple of what I regard as important posts by you.

Anglican Taonga indicates that people can receive a daily email update, without providing information how they sign up for this.

You mention "The official church Facebook page" - what you provide a link to is not a facebook page but a closed group that a person has to apply to join. All on that group is hidden from the public. Once an admin of this group accepts your application, the admins have set the preferences so that there is no provision to add an update; you can only comment on what is presented by the admins. Comments, of course, are able to be moderated by the admins.

Christ is Risen!


Peter Carrell said...

You mean, Bosco, with respect to Facebook, that I on 'the inside track'?


Father Ron Smith said...

Bishop Kelvin's Blog is always a treat to look in upon - especially if one wants to see a local bishop's point of view on life and Church.

Prayers for the General Synod, that God's will may be done among them.

liturgy said...

Great question: is GSTHW14 having a live-video feed? If so, where is the link to this (we could embed it on our sites)? If not - why not? A live feed is very easy to set up, essentially free. Lots of people are doing this regularly. There is a public gallery at the meeting of GSTHW. This gallery is cleared if GSTHW needs to go into committee for non-public discussion - at such a time the live feed could provide ideas, or a link to prayer...

Easter Season blessings


Bryden Black said...

I loved Bp Kevin’s Kerikeri musings; thanks for the link Peter. His conclusions were spot on: much does boil down to the question of our faith. Yet an answer to that question depends very much on whether we appreciate faith’s natural grammar. Another part of his post spells this out.

When he, or anyone for that matter, flies up from Dunedin to Auckland, they do two specific things that illustrate this grammar. They put their faith in something/someone: flight controllers, pilots, engineers, aircraft designers, et al. Faith has its due object. They also trust them all with a purpose, a goal - to get them from A to B. Faith has its due objective.

It’s no different with Christian faith. But here the question the bishop asks becomes as concrete as his talking about that wonderful piece of furniture.

Just what/who do we as ACANZ&P believe in? What/who is our due object?
And to what purpose or goal might we believe this object to bring about? What is our objective? For example; do we believe Jesus is the unique and singular saviour of the world? Or might there be others? And what might we mean by “salvation”? Pie in the sky when we die? Or the Millennial Development Goals? Or something else again?

For at the core of pretty well everything lying on the table at GS is, I suggest, a large degree of dispute, even confusion, about both the Christian object of belief and the objective. So what will GS find at our core these next few days?